We made these last year with my son's class but they would be really cute to put on packages for Grandparents etc. Just start with a small piece of wood, smaller than these are cuter, you can find them in craft stores. Then the head is made with a brown thumbprint, then let the child add the nose, eyes, and antlers. Then we just hot glued a ribbon on the back to be able to hang it on the tree. Make sure to have the child write their name on the back with the year.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Tinkerbell 3rd Birthday Party
In looking back this is the best pic of her because she didn't stop the entire night!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
I had a dear friend that made this years ago and I have lost her recipe but I think this is pretty close. This is one of those things you ONLY want to make for a crowd or you will want to sit and eat it all. IT IS SO GOOD!
1 8 oz package of cream cheese (softened)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits ( I have also chopped up Heath bars but turns the dip chocolate)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Sliced apples for dipping
Once the cream cheese is soft place it in a bowl and stir until it is smooth, a fork helps with this. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, and brown sugar and mix well. Then add the Heath bits and mix well. Let it for at least an hour then serve with sliced apples.
Monday, November 25, 2013
This was a Christmas gift I made for my husband a couple couple years ago for Christmas. While this is not food related I thought I would share since he really enjoyed the gift but unfortunately I did not get pictures of the contents of each envelope but you can get the idea.
My Husband has to be one of the HARDEST people to buy gifts for. He really does not get into gadgets, he does not play golf etc, he has every tool know to man, and on top of that he HATES to spend money so any gift I get him he asks how much it costs and then half of the time he returns it. I LOVE him dearly but it makes gift giving VERY tough. So when I had no ideas for Christmas I came across this post on pintrest and thought a year of pre planned mostly pre paid for dates would be fairly safe. We never seem to make time for date night and this "gift" would help us make it happen. So for Christmas him got 12 envelopes of dates. They are at least 1/2 paid for and if I had seen this idea sooner I would have had them 100% paid for. And since we did not leave close to family I made sure at least half of the dates were things that we could do at home so we did not have to pay a babysitter.
Then we just put this basket of envelopes in his closet until we needed the next month's date.
So January's date was a slumber party at home (actually a 2 night slumber party). Half of the dates are at home, since we don't really have a babysitter and being at home helps keep the cost down and it gives us more time really alone.
So in the envelope there is a letter explaining the date, a movie, a subway gift card, and a couple quiz books.
So when my husband came home the "date" was all set up and our son was sent to bed early.
I really did not know if my husband would like this gift of not but I think he enjoyed our first date and we are looking forward to the rest of our dates.
February's date night was a Movie Date, John really enjoys going to the movies, then we were suppose to go to Marble Slab for ice cream afterward (but that did not happen you will see why in a minute.)
Our son was spending the night with his grandparents after his basketball game so we ended up going out for a nice lunch and plans for movies and ice cream to follow. Since we did not have to rush home we thought we would watch 2 movies back to back, which we did. However, since we are both eating more healthful whole foods, the popcorn, candy, and sodas that sounded good at the beginning of the first movies, were not settling well by the end of the second. So we left the second movie and headed straight home to bed and slept till 10 am the next morning. Even though we were both sick from the junk food we still enjoyed our date.
- Other dates, included a recreated first dates with all the stops we made on our first date.
- Card night ( with cards and book of new card games)
- Dinner at the Melting Pot
- and a couple that are just between us.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
With Thanksgiving just around the corner I know a lot of people are preparing their menus and starting to buy some ingredients for the big day. I (Amber) do not cook for Thanksgiving so personally I am just getting excited to enjoy some of my favorite foods at my Mom's house and Mother-in-law's house.
The food my husband looks forward to the most is his Mammaw Betty's Southern Cornbread, recipe HERE.
Both, Ann Kelly and my families, feel mashed potatoes are a MUST for Thanksgiving Dinner. HERE are some of the best, unhealthy, mashed potatoes you can make!!
Each of our Mother-in-law's cranberry salad is something that each of our families really enjoy.
This is my mother-in-law's cranberry jello salad. HERE is the recipe.
This is Ann Kelly's mother-in-law's cranberry salad. HERE is her recipe.
Now on to our favorite sweets!!! Both of our families always have pretzel salad. Recipe is HERE.
My Dad's fruit salad is a staple at our Thanksgiving and Christmas. I think the entire family would be lost if he didn't make it. My brothers and uncle and aunt always take home leftovers of this!! I especially love it because I remember every year growing up he and I would sit and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and make it together. HERE is his recipe.
I think it is funny that all of our favorite or "must have dishes" are side dishes or desserts. I know for my family we are not huge ham and turkey fans. We will eat it but it just isn't something that we look forward to. If you are looking for an easy way to cook your ham for Thanksgiving check out these two crock pot recipes.
I will say if I am going to eat ham I like it cooked using THIS recipe.
HERE is another great ham recipe that is as good as the Ham Store.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
This fast and easy way to add a little excitement to your chicken. It only takes a few minutes to get this together and it make even take a bit less time to cook can just a regular chicken breast.
Chicken breasts (sliced about every 1/4 inch but make sure you don't cut through the whole piece the bottom needs to stay in tacked)
bacon slices (sliced in fourths)
onion sliced thinly and rings cut in half
salt, pepper, garlic salt to taste
shredded cheese optional for topping
The last 5 minutes I added a little shredded Parmesan cheese and let it melt.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
5 cups Chicken Broth
1 can rotel (2 would be better)
28 oz diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
2 cans mexicorn (or 1 package of frozen with about 3/4 cup salsa)
3 cups shredded chicken cooked with a package of taco seasoning.
Salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder to taste.
Optional toppings: shredded cheese, fresh cilantro, sour cream
Just put everything in a stock pot and cook for about 30 minutes, then taste and add extra seasoning if needed, I added a little extra cumin and chili powder to ours.